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Job Design and Ability as Determinants of Employee Motivation

Author(s): Phil Grant

Citation: Phil Grant, (2010) "Job Design and Ability as Determinants of Employee Motivation," Journal of Leadership, Accountability and Ethics, Vol. 8, Iss. 1, pp. 95 - 107

Article Type: Research paper

Publisher: North American Business Press


Relatively little in the literature explains how job design and employee ability combine to affect employee motivation and satisfaction, and to impact, indirectly, employee performance on the job. This is a theoretical development paper illustrating how job design and ability upgrades of modest magnitude can result in motivation, satisfaction, and performance increases of substantial magnitude. The key to generating major motivation, satisfaction, and performance increases from relatively minor ability/job design upgrades lies in understanding the degree to which job design/ability changes affect the rates of change of performance functions and employee cost functions.